Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Review
Another of the several new devices on the market that help to convert an old stereo system into a modern wireless one has been brought forth by Logitech. The Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter is a great way to bridge the gap between your fancy Bluetooth capable smartphone and a great, solid old pair of speakers.
The skeleton has the basic, run-of-the-mill parts.
- Bluetooth profiles supported: A2DP
- Range: 30 feet
- Button to connect to devices
- Pairs to one device at a time
- Has a 3.5 mm and RCA outputs
- Compatible with almost all Bluetooth enabled devices
- Includes power cable and 3.5 mm to RCA audio cable
- Priced at around $40
So what’s it got that makes it special?
What makes it unattractive?
In the following simple pro-con analysis I hope to show you just that through experience with the product, to make it easier for a potential buyer to make his pick.
- Sound quality is crystal clear, with no echoes or tinny sounds that come from several similar products on the market. The AD2P supported sound is no worse than a direct wired connection.
- Simple set up makes it a winner. All you have to do is plug it into your preferred receiver device and press down on the sole button. The LED will show red until you connect and pair it to your chosen mobile phone, upon which it switches to solid green. Easy enough to understand.
- Connectivity is an area where Logitech has been smart. Recognizing that it can only pair to one device at a time, it has not jumped on the automatic re-pairing bandwagon. Instead, you have to pair from the mobile device you want to use each time. No repeated button-pressing and no searching for your wife’s phone that has re-paired automatically. If you want to connect a new device after using a different one, however, you have to disconnect the first one.
- The thirty foot range offered by the Logitech is pretty good, and walls don’t affect it much.
- Unfortunately, connectivity is also an area where Logitech has been a little careless. Disconnecting is a slight hassle. Either you have to turn off your Bluetooth radio, or switch off the Logitech adapter in order to disconnect. It would have been useful to have a method to disconnect while keeping Bluetooth on.
- While volume control works fine from the mobile device, the Logitech adapter has lower output than several other Bluetooth adapters, which means you have to set the receiver volume fairly high. When you’re not using the adapter and switch on the receiver, the resultant blast could even damage a speaker if you like your music loud.
The Logitech is brilliant in terms of sound quality and ease of set up, and would be very satisfying to a buyer. The price is a little high though, and if you’re willing to compromise and experiment with a cheaper counterpart, that’s up to your discretion. However, I can’t find anything serious to fault the Logitech for, so if you like the features you should go for it.